Reasons why your PC is running slow and what can you do about it

By: Matt | Last updated February 15, 2019
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There’s nothing more annoying than watching your PC turn into a lazy, slow machine that takes forever to perform even the smaller tasks. You might have a top-notch configuration and Internet speed but somehow, your computer still operates in slow motion.

There are countless reasons why your PC might not run as smoothly as it used to. We spend most of our day in front of our computers, tiring it out, working, chatting, watching movies, downloading and installing program after program, copying and deleting files and so on. It is no wonder that clutter will build up in time and our machines will become overwhelmed and exhausted.

Here are some of the main reasons why your PC’s speed might not be what it used to and what you can do to fix the problems:

Hard drive issues. Hard drives are consumable and they eventually all wear out. If your hard is failing, that can translate into a poor performance. The best thing you should do, if you can afford it, is to change your HDD for a SSD (solid state drive) one, because the latter are far superior in terms of both speed and durability. SSDs don’t have any moving parts the way HDD have, so they won’t break down that easily. You can find out if your drive has any issues by running a health drive check with specialized programs. You should also be careful how you handle your drives and avoid any impacts.

You have too many add-ons on your browser. More often than not, add-ons will only slow down your PC because they download all sorts of ads and pop them each time you open the browser. Try to disable all the extensions you know you don’t really need or use.

You have too many tabs opened at the same time. You might not be aware of this, especially if you are focused on work or certain activities and you don’t want to distract yourself and lose any time by closing tabs you’re no longer using, but too many tabs will also slow down your PC’s performance. Be careful especially with those that have auto-refresh (such as live blogs for instance), because they will slow it down even more.

There are too many programs on your Startup menu. Every time you install a program, it will ask you if you want it to run at startup. If you don’t uncheck that box, all your programs will open when you start your computer, which will slow down your PC considerably. Only allow the programs you really need to run at startup.

You have a full drive. If you are a ‘hoarder’ and never delete any unnecessary programs, files, etc. that are no longer useful to you, you will eventually end up with a full hard drive, literally and figuratively. If your drive’s capacity is full way up to the limit, you will experience a decrease in your PC’s speed. Do regular cleanings to get rid of any unnecessary information on your drive and try to store your stuff online as much as possible, using cloud storage (OneDrive, DropBox and so on). This way you’ll free up a lot of space on your drive.

There isn’t enough RAM memory on your computer. There are programs that eat up a lot of your PC’s resources and use a lot of RAM memory (for instance video editing software). Upgrade your RAM on your computer and you will definitely see an improvement in your PC’s performance. RAM memory is pretty affordable nowadays and the results are clearly visible.

By: Matt | Last updated February 15, 2019